Thursday, April 6th 2017 at 11:11AM BST
Ahead of the election for West Midlands new Metro Mayor on May 4th, Cycling UK and Bike West Midlands Network have secured support from all five candidates for improving cycling.
Several of the candidates have pointed out how more cycling can improve air quality and reduce congestion.
West Midlands is the first of the six new Metro Mayor locations to have all candidates from the main parties unanimously pledge their support for Cycling UK’s campaign asks.
Cycling UK’s president and Channel 4 newscaster Jon Snow wrote to each candidate asking them if they would support the West Midlands Cycling Charter aim to have five per cent of all trips in the West Midlands made by cycle by 2023, and to actively seek the funding necessary to implement the West Midlands Cycling Charter.
West Midlands residents have also been active, with nearly 150 emails being sent to the candidates, urging them to improve cycling in the West Midlands. Through its Space for Cycling campaign, Cycling UK is working with local campaign groups in the six new Metro Mayor locations to urge the new candidates to make cycling a part of their future transport plans.